St Mary’s has a well-equipped, computerised library from which all students may borrow each week. We ask that all children have a library bag to protect their books. There is borrowing each Tuesday or Wednesday and parents are encouraged to show an interest in the books that your child borrows.
Ashton Scholastic Book Club operates within the school, providing families with the opportunity to purchase books and encourage reading at home.
Book Fairs are held throughout the year giving students, parents and friends the opportunity to purchase quality books at very reasonable prices. Commission earned through the sale of the books provides valuable new resources for our library and classrooms.
Children have the opportunity to participate in formal library lessons with the teacher librarian. During this time they are usually working on projects or activities related to a current unit of study whilst enhancing their research, report writing and library skills. Book studies focus on the shortlisted books of the yearly Children’s Book Council of Australia Annual Awards. This leads us to Book Week held in August, where we celebrate with a special event such as a Book Week costume parade or a special presentation by a visiting author, magician or theatre group.